2. [syn: flotsam, jetsam]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Jetsam \Jet"sam\, Jetson \Jet"son\, n. [F. jeter to throw: cf.
OF. getaison a throwing. Cf. Flotsam, Jettison.]
1. (Mar. Law) Goods which sink when cast into the sea, and
remain under water; -- distinguished from flotsam, goods
which float, and ligan (or lagan), goods which are
sunk attached to a buoy.
2. The act of throwing objects from a ship to lighten the
load; jettison. See Jettison, 1.
3. Hence: Anything thrown overboard from a ship, whether
floating or not.
4. Hence: [fig.] Objects scattered about in a disorderly
manner; as, he couldn't find his sneakers among the jetsam
in his room. [Colloq.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown
overboard to lighten the load in a storm
2: the floating wreckage of a ship [syn: flotsam, jetsam]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
19 Moby Thesaurus words for "jetsam":
castaway, castoff, derelict, discard, dogie, flotsam,
flotsam and jetsam, foundling, junk, lagan, orphan, refuse, reject,
rubbish, trash, waif, waifs and strays, wastrel, wreckage